Many, many thanks to Sean Qualls for our 7 Kicks illustration this week. This is “Dizzy on Stage” from the fabulous Dizzy by Jonah Winters, published last year (Arthur A. Levine Books). Finally reading this book was one of Jules’ 7 Kicks last week, and we wondered, hey, could we get an illustration from the honorable Mr. Qualls for next week’s list? And here it is! Make sure you don’t miss his site (we were torn between putting up a Dizzy photo or one of the other fabulous non-children’s-lit-related pieces of art work you’ll see there if you click on “illustrations”).
Scott Magoon’s already committed to the illustration for next week’s list! Excellent. Can’t wait to see that one . . .
Okay, let’s get to the lists then. Here’s our usual intro for any new people: It’s time for another installment of 7-Imp’s 7 Kicks. For those new to our series, this is where we all stop in every Sunday to report seven (more or less is fine) Good Things that happened to you (or that you read or saw or experienced or . . . well, you get the picture) this week. Absolutely anyone is welcome to contribute, and your lists don’t have to be book-related.
1). Eisha representing 7-Imp in MotherReader’s 48-Hour Book Challenge — I did have a storytelling gig yesterday, but the primary reason I can’t participate is that wee young children laugh (sometimes literally) at the idea of a parent just dropping everything to read. I get my reading done in little windows of time anymore. But I’m proud to have Eisha taking up the challenge in the name of 7-Imp. Eisha will represent well. (She’s even been keeping us updated).
2). My storytelling gig from yesterday — Since I haven’t done storytelling in a while, I was excited yet a bit anxious. It was for a good cause, a literacy promotion project through Hands On Nashville. And I learned a whole new story for it, The Rough-Face Girl (Algonquin Indian version of Cinderella, based on this Native American legend), which is just beautiful. And I re-learned “The Stonecutter” and a fable from India entitled “The Lion and the Rabbit.” I used my big, huge felt board with original felt board characters for the latter two, which might sound corny, but I’ve told “The Stonecutter” before to urban, inner-city fifth graders using that felt board, and you could have heard a pin drop in the room. Since students today are increasingly plopped in front of computer programs at younger and younger ages, they seem to dig those old-skool storytelling techniques (at least that’s my theory).
Anyway, all went well. I knew so when a young boy in front of me said, Man, that’s tiiiiiiight yo at the image of the Invisible Being’s sled runner being made out of the Spirit Road, the Milky Way of stars that spreads across the sky (I memorized the story but just had to color copy and show them David Shannon’s beautiful illustrations from the 1992 picture book adaptation).
Unfortunately, on my way home, someone decided to rear-end me, but everyone’s okay, so that’s good.
3). Finally getting around this week to watching the (truly) awesome Planet Earth BBC series on DVD that my husband bought for the whole fam damily.
4). Seeing the 1964 short film of “I Know An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly” sung by Burl Ives (produced by the National Film Board of Canada) with my daughters. It’s really funky, y’all, and very funny. (And the same DVD on which I found this — Scholastic’s 2005 Weston Woods release of The Wheels on the Bus
. . . and More Sing-Along Favorites — contains not only a great short piece of Paul O. Zelinsky’s bus coming to life, but also an animated adaptation of I Want a Dog by Dayal Kaur Khalsa, complete with NEKO CASE SINGING SONGS ALL OVER IT! I love Neko Case! Woo hoo! What a nice surprise to hear).
5). Getting more review copies of various and asundry titles in the mail. Even though it makes my to-be-read pile even more unmanageable, it’s not a bad problem to have.
6). Some REALLY GREAT children’s poetry I read this week, which I hope to post about soon.
7). The advice on storytelling that author Nancy Crocker gave me, which I won’t share, ’cause I failed to ask for her permission, but my god, she’s funny.
Wait! I’m here, I’m here! I don’t have a lot of time or eyesight left to post kicks, but I can share a few:
1* That story Jules just told about the kid at her storytelling gig.
2* I saw two great movies on DVD this week. The first one was Lady Vengeance. It is definitely not for everyone, what with the David Lynch-ian humor and lots o’ violence (including a scene that, while not graphically violent, was so utterly evil that I couldn’t watch, and I will probably never be the same). But I loved it.
3* The second was Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. I remember this one being in the theaters, but I don’t remember anyone I know seeing it. Why the hell not? It’s capital-A AWESOME.
4* Peaches. Got some lovely ripe ones earlier this week, and they were delicious.
5* Rekindled my love of Mexican Cocoa thanks to Jules’s compliment on our 8 Things Meme post, and discovered that using Green & Black’s “Maya Gold” Organic Hot Chocolate makes it even better. That hint of orange peel takes it to eleven.
6* I found out that my health insurance coverage at work will last until September, by which time our coverage through my husband’s new job should have kicked in. So we don’t have to pay the $1500 a month for COBRA family coverage. Whew!
7* We figured out how we can afford to hire movers: by driving a U-Haul truck ourselves, and just hiring a moving company to help us load it, and another one to help us unload in Ithaca. Brilliant! We’ll save about $1,000, and I don’t have to figure out how to get a couch up those stairs, through that door, down that narrow hallway, and into the living room. I was having all sorts of Dirk Gently nightmares about it.
Looking forward to everyone’s lists . . .